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Kihei Man Arrested on Methamphetamine Trafficking

July 23, 2014, 3:30 PM HST
* Updated July 23, 6:51 PM
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Thomas Schillaci. MPD photo.

Thomas Schillaci. MPD photo.

By Wendy Osher

A Maui man was arrested for multiple drug charges as well as firearms, ammunition and weapons offenses after a search warrant was executed at a home in Kīhei on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Police arrested and charged Thomas Schillaci, 47, of Kīhei with methamphetamine trafficking, among other charges, and were holding him in lieu of $144,000 bail at last report.

During the search, police say investigators with Maui police’s Vice Division found: more than 881 grams (nearly 2 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine; nearly 35 grams of liquid methamphetamine; 42 marijuana plants; more than 70 grams of processed marijuana; marijuana concentrate also known as honey oil; paraphernalia associated with the distribution and use of illicit narcotics; a double-sided dagger; a Ruger .357 revolver that was loaded with ammunition; and $5,491 in US currency.

Police say they also found several butane canisters, a glass flask containing marijuana with a metal screen on one end and a hole on the other end, several empty glass flasks, grinders and honey oil residue.


Police say they executed a search on the home where trafficking of crystal methamphetamine was suspected.


“This evidence is consistent with the processing of marijuana concentrate using butane, commonly known as Butane Honey Oil or BHO,” police said in a press release today.

Units involved in the search included the Vice Division and the Maui Police Department’s Special Response Team.

Police say Schillaci was charged with the following: first-degree methamphetamine trafficking, felon in possession of a firearm, felon is possession of ammunition, prohibited deadly weapons, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, second-degree commercial promotion of marijuana, third-degree promotion of a harmful drug, third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, and four counts of prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia.

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